We asked five questions about her basketball career.
Q: You are now among an elite group – the 1,000-point club. How will this honor influence the way you play your future games?
Amarah: First, it’s a great honor to be a part of the club with so many other really good student-athletes. For me, I’ll now work even harder – setting new boundaries like becoming the all-time Bishop Ludden leading points scorer or making 2,000 points on the court!
Q: Those who follow your basketball career describe you as a passionate fighter on the court. What other phrase or word would you like to have fans use when they describe you?
Amarah: Powerful presence. I believe I have a strong presence on the court, especially down low. It’s challenging to make those up-and-under shots, and they’re not often given as much credit as the scoring by the guards. If you have a strong presence within the paint, that’s powerful.
Q: You’ve said your mom is your true inspiration. What advice has she given you that’s worthy of sharing with others?
Amarah: She is! Before every game, she says, ‘Go big or Go home!’ and encourages me to do my best and to be true to myself. Everyone should be true to themselves.
Q: What have you learned most about yourself as a member of the Bishop Ludden team?
Amarah: When I began playing for Bishop Ludden, I felt amazed by what the previous players were able to do and accomplish. I wanted to strive outside any boundaries, no matter what. Even when I got my 1,000th point, I thought as I was running down the court, ‘OK, what’s next?’ How can I keep moving myself and the team forward?
Q: What is the next personal goal that Amarah Streiff would like to achieve?
Amarah: I really want to attend a university where I can play basketball but that offers pre-med. I want to become either an RN or an orthopedic surgeon. This might sound strange, but I’m fascinated by how the body works. What joints and muscles I’m using when playing basketball and, if I get a cramp, how and why are my muscles not working properly.
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